Doctor with chart

Doctor with chart ()

During your time in Germany, you willneed to see a doctor and a dentist. With limited healthcare services on your installation, you may need to seek services on the economy. You may feel nervous about going to a German provider, but there are things you can do to make this process easier.


  • Many options are available to you, such as Western, Eastern and homeopathic techniques. Talk with your doctor or patient liaison if you are in pain or are not responding well to these treatments.

  • German doctors may not always have a chaperone when examining a patient of the opposite sex. If you feel uncomfortable, ask for an additional person in the room.

  • Rooms are usually double occupancy and maynot have privacy curtains between beds


  • Host-nation patient liaisons act as intermediaries between patients and doctors to help facilitate the best care possible. From the language barrier and insurance forms, to providing comfort to clients, patient liaisons can help you feel at ease in new surroundings.

Getting a patient liaison.

  • Available through TRICARE and the Army Regional Health Command Europe.

  • Program is open to all DoD ID cardholders,including non-TRICARE members.

  • Find your local TRICARE Service Center and patient liaison, go online to


  • When space is not available, dependents must rely on German providers.

  • Through a voluntary dental program with TRICARE, military family members can receive affordable dental care.

  • To locate a preferred provider, visit

  • For information about TDP enrollment, claimsor covered benefits, visit the TDP website,


  • Giving birth in a German hospital can be a very wonderful experience. Before delivery, you’ll be able to tour the hospital and meet the staff. It is vital that during your first months of pregnancy you make the necessary arrangements that are best for you and your family. During your pregnancy, you can receive prenatal care at your installation’s medical center.

Delivery options

  • Your installation’s closest German hospital.

  • Army hospital in Landstuhl, Germany (Landstuhl Regional Medical Center).

First steps after giving birth

  • Obtain your baby’s Social Security Number

  • Enroll your baby in DEERS

  • Contact local TRICARE office for enrollment information

  • Photos need to be taken for your baby’spassport

  • Get a no-fee U.S. passportGet a U.S. tourist passport

  • Get a Consular Report of Birth Abroad(CRBA), a birth certificate for babies born overseas

  • Add your baby to the Command Sponsorship Database


  • The main line for all emergencies is 112.

  • Call the 24-hour nurse line at 0800-071-3511 for healthcare advice.

  • For urgent medications, look for the phar-macy with emergency hours for that day.

  • Always carry a list of medications andallergies, as well as your insurance card, ID card and local currency.

  • While traveling, all TRICARE beneficiaries can call the International SOS at 0800-723-4214or the +44-20-8762-8133.

  • If you still need assistance, call your Commander or First Sergeant.

  • Call the American Red Cross for Emergency Communication Messages

The best stories from EUROPE, in your inbox

Sign up to receive travel tips, local event details, restaurant reviews, recipes, community news, and more every week from Stripes Europe.

Sign Up Now